Starvix Draxon

I am a writer, English lit undergrad, and artist. Interests are: Mythology, Fantasy Literature, Egypt, Science Fiction, Culture, Film, Anime, all things Epic

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    Wordsworth and Lao Tzu, Love of Nature

    Who here can tell me the similarities of Wordsworth’s Romanticism and Lao Tzu’s Daoism. Reveal the similarities between the two and how they relate to environmentalism today.

    • This has gotten me very intrigued. I've become more and more interested in drawing connections between Romantic and Victorian literature and Eastern philosophy, and this topic would be an ideal place to start. I could also envision this topic applying to Coleridge. There could certainly be lessons drawn about environmentalism, but I would also perhaps be more interested in focusing on nature as a pathway to mindfulness and meditation, poetry as a form of meditation, etc. For environmentalism, it would make more sense to look at works like "Walden." So perhaps I could look at Wordsworth or Coleridge and Daoism, with an emphasis more on how Eastern philosophical thought has had and can continue to have great impact on Western thought, art, and society. I hopefully will be back soon to snatch this topic. Thank you for the inspiration! – Rachel Watson 9 years ago

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    I have read the article, and the comments, and I disagree on the basis definitions laid down on what constitutes a good game. Granted each person has made a valid point, especially on FFXIII. However, despite that the battles and level up system fall short in FFXIII, those attributes matter little in regards to FFXIII’s story. The story for Final Fantasy XIII is extraordinary, a combination of artistic beauty, iconography, and excellent storytelling and journal entries that contain luscious textual material. Motomu Toriyama himself said the reason most people criticized the game was because it was a lack of world exploration, a “Western View” as he put it. However, games should not be based on world exploration. Focus on that and you’ll get video games that have no focus or direction. The story actually made logical sense. It actually talks about a lot of issues in society, and also uses clever twists in story structure to its advantage. By a part time gamer who has high tastes, Final Fantasy XIII ranks on par with Final Fantasy VII,(I haven’t played that one yet, but I’ve seen the movie and played Crisis Core, was impressed with both, so I assume it’s good.) both of which these games rank as games as great literature worth remembering for thousands of years to come.

    The Evolution of Final Fantasy's Narratives

    Very interesting article. I never saw it that way. It’s interesting how identity formation is tied to the parents. I think a little more clarity on how this process works is needed, but very fascinating nonetheless. I wonder what Psychoanalysis would have to say.

    Harry Potter and the Journey of Identity Formation

    A very interesting article, though I’m not particularly in favor of the writing style some of these books used. But it is true that dystopian literature shows us our fears of our current society gone wrong. Fascinating article.

    The Rising Popularity of Dystopian Literature

    All of the characteristics are very much related to Asperger’s syndrome. What a nice article. To add to Sheldon. It is his dire need to control things that is another characteristic of Asperger’s. I understood these characters. I hope I get a chance to watch some of these films. Wonderful article.

    Autism In Modern Media

    Criticism is inherently subjective. One of the problems with reviews is that if the critic inherently does not like a particular genre, everything will be clichéd and over done. Part of the critic’s job though is to asses the quality merit of a film in each aspect.

    The problem perhaps with Youtube critics is the “amateurs” have no sense of vocabulary and judgment. I would argue that Nostalgia critic is good because he actually has a broad knowledge of film history.

    But of course sometimes critics can just tear a film to shreds. Perhaps critiques could be made to more or less analyze the good films. But everyone has their own way of viewing movies and opinions vary, but when one watches enough movies to see all the clichés and perhaps sloppy work, a movie can then be torn to pieces for not living up to the quality it should.

    What perhaps amateurs or beginners need is a strong sense of literary criticism. How one should analyze a scene, break it down, see what the director is doing, what the actors are doing.

    Just food for thought. Nice article.

    Contemporary Film Criticism: A Decline in Standards?

    Very interesting. It would be nice to see our language draw out more Germanic roots. English after all is very similar to German when it comes to core vocabulary. Book=Buch Fire=Feuer to have is haben. So much similiarity. One Old and Middle English word I really like is aglich. It basically means monstrous.

    Chaucer and Evolving Grammar

    I loved that film, The Congress. I guess the idea of the drug is that anyone can become what they want to be, exist in whatever world you desire, and perceive reality in your own right. That to me is fascinating and scary. Fascinating because anyone could become their inner desire. Someone shy might then change themselves into the archetypal hero, a god, a majestic creature. But the downside is the loss of touch with reality. If we were to really achieve that I fear something would in the end go horribly wrong. Nicely written article.

    The Philosophical Pitfalls of Utopias in Literature and Film

    Yes, ebooks are fine and all(for now). I primarily use mine for online fantasy and science fiction literary magazines, short stories, or books that are plain garbage and not worth having a print copy.

    But I must ask you this question. Let’s say for the next two to three hundred years nothing has a print copy. Everything is electronic, either on Kindle, Nook, or online. However, answer me this.

    What happens when the power goes out? When the Internet goes kaput, when everything is hacked, virus infected, and deleted. Everything that was ever online or on e reader, deleted. No power, no electricity, no gas, no nothing. Everything gone!

    Historians will then wonder, what happened in those few centuries of history? No textual evidence, just architecture and toys. A huge gap. A blip in the algorithm. Think of Ai Khanoum and that region’s history, fragmented, filled with tons of holes. Barely anything left. History will be entirely lost in those centuries with no one ever knowing what happened. A true dark age.

    Physical print writing is one of the greatest prides of our literary cultural heritage. There should always be a print copy, no matter what. We can use it but we should not rely on it. Let us not depend on something that is intangible.

    That’s my opinion on ebooks. Your argument is valid. I would hate to see the rain forests go poofy. But we should not just abandon an art form that has been around for 5,000 years.

    That is my opinion, my argument, and my fears. Lovely article though.

    The Post-Paperback Era: How Letting Go Of The Paperback Could Salvage Biodiversity On Earth